LANCASTER – A 26-year-old woman accused of driving her boyfriend to and from a robbery that turned into a homicide at a Lancaster computer store in 2012 has pleaded no contest.
Jinea Ingram pleaded no contest Tuesday to one count of voluntary manslaughter, and she admitted the allegation of use of a firearm, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
As part of the negotiated settlement, the prosecutor will ask the judge to dismiss the remaining counts against Ingram in connection with the case – one count of murder and two counts of second degree robbery, Santiago stated.
Ingram now faces a total of 21 years in state prison; and she is expected to be sentenced after the trial of her co-defendant and one-time boyfriend, Timothy Jerode Johnson.
The two were arrested in March of 2012 in connection with the death of Lancaster business owner Reed Keith.
Authorities allege that around 4 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2012, Johnson entered Keith’s e-Chap Computers and More store, on the corner of Avenue K and 20th Street West, with the intent to rob the business.
Keith, 59, was shot multiple times, and several electronic devices and Keith’s wallet were stolen from the store. The items were later recovered from Johnson’s mother’s home, authorities said.
At a preliminary court hearing in February 2013, an eyewitness testified that Keith was shot after he refused to comply with the robber’s demands. (Read more here)
Testifying at the same preliminary hearing, Sheriff’s Homicide Sgt. Robert Martindale said Ingram admitted to investigators that she had agreed to drive Johnson to and from a robbery.
Johnson was arrested on March 24, 2012 in South Los Angeles, and Ingram was arrested three days later.
Both have been jailed without bail since their arrest. Johnson is due back in court June 2. He is charged with murder, torture and two counts of armed robbery.
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